Sunday, December 07, 2008

You know that thing I do with the two sticks and string? Well I'm still doing it... just none of it has been really "blog worthy." I've been flittering from one small project to another; mainly dish cloths and a pair of stockinette socks. My attention span is microscopic these days... can't imagine why.

I did finish a modified Tulip sweater for my nephew-to-be, Ian Zack. The colorway is "Sweet Baby Boy" from Coldwater Yarn . I had just enough yarn left to improvise a sweet little hat. Of course I turned right around and ordered 6 whole skeins of Dream in Color in girly colors for Charli Grace. So... my yarn budget is blown well into 2009.

I had better get busy. I have a feeling it is going to be COLD in China when we get our TA. That adventure will definately be blog worthy. Pray with us that it will be sooner rather than later.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Isn't is great to have a buddy? Big C has a new bug-catching-football-playing story to tell about his 2 best buddies almost every day. My first graders skip happily hand-in-hand with their best pals. Little friends are so important to children. I imagine that they are especially important to children in an orphanage.

Charli Grace has 3 special pals at her orphanage. Josiah and Daniel are home in America thriving with their forever families. Brent is still waiting for a special family of his own. Love Without Boundaries is offering a Tuan Yuan Grant to help with his adoption expences. We are hoping and praying that he too can be united with a family to love.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

We are DTC!!!

We got the best news this week. Our dossier is in China! God willing, we are only a few short months away from the adoption. Please pray for: 1. Speedy processing of our dossier. 2. Funds for the last stage of the adoption. 3. Smooth transitions once we get to China.

Charli girl, you are one step closer to being an official member of this crazy family!

In the meantime I was touched by the adoption story of Georgia Bulldogs head coach, Mark Richt and his family. Almost makes me forget the "Blackout" incident. Almost...

Roll Tide!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Yipee! Our homestudy has cleared CIS. We were fingerprinted 2 weeks ago and our I-197 came in the mail Wednesday. I was so stunned to see it so quickly that I didn't realize what it was at first. I read the document 3 or 4 times before it sank in. What we expected to take 3-4 months only took 8 days. Nothing short of a miracle!

Our dossier will go to China in about 2 weeks. The CCAA is typically taking 3-4 months to process special needs dossiers, so we are looking at travel in early 09. Hang in there Charli Girl, you are getting a FOREVER family for the new year!

I don't have any new Charli Grace pics to post, but take a look at Big C. Couldn't you just eat him up?! He is really enjoying preschool this year. They have a great 3K curriculum, but of course his favorite part of the day is play time outside. This week he and his buddies caught nearly every bug on the playground. When I asked him what type of bugs they found he replied, "Worms and beetles Mommy, but I DIDN'T eat them." Thank goodness!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

God sets the lonely in families,
He leads forth the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun scorched land.
Psalm 69:6

Charli's little friend Josiah (on the right) was united with his family this week. We are so happy for the little guy who is in so many photos with our girl. You can read his family's blog here.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008


We are spending the summer break getting Charli's room ready for her. My parents painted these adorable letters for her wall. I've been knitting away on her log cabin blankie. Poor Daddy-O has been doing the hard labor; hanging letters, moving furniture, etc... We are almost finished. Now all we need is a little girl!

A steady stream of dolls have been making their way to Charli's collection. Ling and Little Mommy came via Amazon and Ebay. Annie the rag doll came from one of Chad's students as an end of the year gift. I knit little Dolly myself. A girl can't have too many dolls. I'm sure Charli will have her own names for them. One can only wonder what they will be.
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

We *Heart* Summer!

Nothing says summertime fun like a ride in a rusty wheelbarrow. Aren't Big C and his Poppa cute? This photo was taken with my mom's AMAZING new camera. I'm not saying we're reaching Pioneer Woman heights, but photo quality is about to improve around here.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Taa Daa!

I finished my Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. The yarn is O-Wool Balance and oh is it ever so comfy. But you guys don't really care about that... Bring on more Charli!

We got a growth and development report on our little sweetheart today. Her orphanage was unaffected by the earthquakes. She appears to be doing quite well. In fact the report indicated that she is very lively (and maybe just a tad naughty!). Our dossier went off to our agency today so we are hopefully just weeks away from being DTC (dossier to China). We are so wonderfully blessed. Please pray for continued protection and healing for Charli. You are truly all "Charli's Angels."
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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Paperwork Update

Our home study is finally complete. Yahoo! Now we wait for it to clear DHR, then CIS, and then finally it's off to China. Pray that things will move quickly. Also pray for us as we gather the funds we need to get us to China.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Oh my goodness, it's like my life was just set to music.
Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Knitting in Braille

I've been trying to come up with an interesting way to knit Charli's name into her blanket. An old episode of Knitty Gritty featured a sweater with the knitter's name written in braille with bobbles. Bobbles are a pain to knit, so why not use beads instead? This swatch is my name. Pretty cool huh?
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

We are Pre-Approved!

This week is ending with some happy news. Love Without Boundaries has arranged for Charli Grace to receive an eye exam in China. We also got our pre-approval from the CCAA. I don't have a cute photo to go along with this post, so enjoy the happy pandas.

Pre-approval is basically a confirmation that we have been matched with our daughter and are free to proceed with the adoption. Our next step is having our home study cleared by DHR in Montgomery, then it is off to the CIS office in Atlanta. From there our dossier goes to the Chinese Consulate in Houston, then to China. So there are quite a few steps in between Charli and home. Pray with us that our files will be given favor at DHR and CIS. We are going to petition for our home study to be expedited through both offices. My greatest wish is that we can bring her home before her 3rd birthday.

Love Without Boundaries is having their 5th annual Born in My Heart Art Auction. All proceeds from the auction go to healing orphaned Chinese children in need of heart surgery. They have done so much to help our daughter and hundreds of other children. Visit their auction and bid on one of their beautiful items. It will make your heart feel super happy.

"Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Sunday, April 20, 2008

6 to 12 Hours

That's how long it was supposed to take to assemble our new swing set. Granted we had some serious ground prep to do first. Everyone in the family pitched in. Daddy-O, Poppa, Uncle Chuck and Mommy were on the ground and assembly crew. Grandma, Grandpa, Anna, and BeBe were on babysitting and clean up duty. From start to finish the project took 4 days, but WOW was it worth it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Few New Pictures

We have been blessed with an abundance of pictures of little Charli. Emily, her HTS sponsor, sent me these today. Her personality really sparkles in each photo.

We've decided on the Chinese middle name MingZhu, which means "bright pearl." Charli Grace is certainly our "priceless pearl."

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Thursday, April 17, 2008

My Little Brother

My mom and dad brought home a sweet little golden doodle today. (That's a cross between a golden retriever and a standard poodle in case you didn't know.) Isn't he beautiful?

Think Daddy likes him?

Pebbles isn't so sure.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lately I've been on a mission to find the perfect doll for Charli. None of the pictures I've seen of her Half the Sky class have any dolls in them. (They have lots of great developmentally appropriate toys. I just haven't seen any dolls.) She may not have had a chance to have a doll of her own. So I want to get her something kind of special.

My criteria for the perfect doll are: 1. It should be age appropriate for a toddler. 2. It should be soft and cuddly. 3. It should have similar features to Chali.

I never noticed until now, but it is impossible to find baby dolls with Asian features in my area. Thank goodness for the internet. The search has been narrowed down to 3 candidates:

Fisher Price Little Mommy

Corelle Calin Yang

Lee Middleton Itty Bitty Nursery Baby

Help me decide. Vote for your favorite dolly. The poll will close at the end of the week. The winner will be added to Ming's growing toy collection. Heck, they will probably ALL wind up in Charli's collection, but a poll will be fun anyway. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you look for in dolls for your children.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Freedom from Pull-ups!

It's been a long process, but Big C is officially out of diapers. I was beginning to think we were going to have to pack a diaper bag for Kindergarten. Some wiser and more experienced moms told me to calm down. He would go when he was ready. Boy were they right. We established a rule that we wear underwear at home and Pull-ups only at preschool. C quickly decided that going to the potty was better than the alternative mess. We started off with a few accidents, but it has been smooth sailing for 2 weeks now. Now we are in underwear 24/7. I am so proud of my big boy!

Speaking of freedom: I had jury duty last week. I knew that I would need to bring along a fairly mindless, but portable project in my knitting bag. I grabbed up some blueberry Cotton-Tots that I had in my stash for Tater's Cotton Cardi. By the time the judge dismissed us I was finished with the yoke. I found the adorable blue sunhat at Tuesday Morning on one of our long lunch breaks.

Glaucoma makes bright sunlight uncomfortable, so I've been collecting cute hats for Charley. I think I may be developing a habit here. Kim has her hairbows, I have my sunhats.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thank God I'm a Country Boy (Girl)

My dad got a new tractor last week. Needless to say Mother and I have been having a hard time keeping him and Conner in the house. Those two love to work outside and get dirty. Charley Grace's finding add came in today with the translation. (I'm not going to post it because the picture makes my heart hurt. She looks so sad...) I adore the name of the paper, the "Henan Farmer's Daily." Our girl's picture is sqeezed in next to an article on new cars and a tractor ad. Just another little sign that she's going to fit right in around here.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Charli's Spring Wardrobe

My mom, mother-in-law and I had tons o' fun buying little pink girly clothes for Mingming's care package. The 18m clothes seem so tiny compaired to her big brother's 4T outfits. She is one petite little peanut!

Even though the clothes are tiny, I was afraid that we wouldn't be able to fit it all inside the "flat rate" postal box. Maggie came to the rescue with a great idea: space bags.
Awww... look at the poor squished dolly.

All the fuss over packing the box quickly drew Conner's attention. We haven't even finished our dossier and sibling rivalry has already reared its ugly head. Sending clothes and dolls to sister is no big deal, but suckers and these cool sunglasses? How dare you!
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

We've found Charli Grace!
She's 2, and has congenital glaucoma. She's blind in one eye, but has some vision in the other. We are so blessed that she has been in a Half the Sky preschool and is soon going to be part of the Love Without Boundaries foster care program. We've prayed for God to show favor to our daughter and he's poured out blessing upon blessing. I'm holding fast to the account of Christ meeting the blind man in John 9.

"As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?''Neither this man nor his parents sinned,' said Jesus, 'but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'"

We believe that God has great things in store for this precious girl. I'm honored and humbled to be part of His plan for her life. Please pray that we can get our paperwork together quickly and that our dossier will speed through the CCAA. We are also praying that her remaining vision will be preserved and perhaps by a miracle restored.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

You know all those poor souls who took an influenza shot this fall but got the flu anyway? That would be me. I'll spare the details, but February 2008 will forever be known as the month mommy got the plague. Somehow we still managed to celebrate quite a bit this month. Big C turned 3 and I hit the big 30.

Am I unsettled about turning 30? No way! I can honestly say that I feel like I'm in my prime. At 20 I was awkward, inexperienced, and didn't have a lot of confidence in myself. 30 finds me far from perfect, but my life has a real sense of purpose. I know who I am, and what I'm meant to do with this life. Did I mention that we can finally move forward with our adoption now?! Big adoption news is coming soon! I'll post some exciting pics as soon as I get the green light from our agency.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Can you believe it?

My baby is 3!

Happy Birthday sweet C. Mommy loves you!
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